A Roxbury dog sitter is being investigated by police for alleged theft after a couple reported their 2-year-old dog stolen.
The couple had recently traveled and had arranged for a woman to look after their pet through the Rover website while they were away. Their dog, a Pomeranian worth $4,500, was reportedly dropped off on August 22 and the couple later extended Sasha’s stay until September 7, according to a Boston police report.
Sasha is described as a 10-pound male Pomeranian with tan and white fur, according to a missing dog post on social media.
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The dog sitter was communicative with the couple – at least at first. She was sending texts and photos and she told the owners that she enjoyed looking after Sasha during the first part of the trip. But at the end of the trip, the communication suddenly stopped.
When the couple went to pick up Sasha, the babysitter told them he was lost.
In the police report, authorities said they knew the pet sitter, a woman from Roxbury, and went to her home to investigate. The woman confirmed that she had taken care of Sasha, but she told authorities that he had disappeared the previous week.
The woman told police she reported the dog missing to a local service and stopped communicating with the couple through Rover because she dropped her phone in water. Police wrote in the report that the woman would not let her into the house to look for the dog because it made her feel uncomfortable.
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Police wrote that they discovered her phone was intact and working by calling her phone number when she returned to the station.
A Facebook post from Missing Dogs in Massachusetts claims the dog was last seen with the pet sitter in Revere.
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